Autumn In EVL

Every weekend Now through Oct. 19
CHAIRLIFT RIDES
Holiday Valley / Spruce Lake
716-699-2345
Enjoy a skyride up to beautiful Spruce Lake! Holiday Valley is firing up the Spruce chairlift each Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm for just $5 a head (children under 2 are free!)  After you’ve taken in your share of fresh air, you can choose to hike back down the hill or ride the lift down.
 
Sept. 19-21
ROCK N’ ROLL WEEKEND
Downtown
800-349-9099
Kick off the change of seasons with lots of rockin’ live entertainment in all the local hot spots all weekend long.  Then on Sunday, the show everyone loves to enjoy is back for its 15th year … the Classic Car Show will consume Ellicottville’s main street on Sept. 21 from noon-5pm.  Ellicottville is proud to showcase your cars, trucks and rods all set up in class order to be judged by a panel of experienced car enthusiasts with awards in each class.  Contact the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce if you’re interested in entering.
 
Saturday, Oct. 4
HEADSTANDS FOR HUMANITY
Holiday Valley / Driving Range
Ever hear of it?  Headstands for Humanity is a really cool and fun event that’s returning to Holiday Valley for the 2nd straight year. It is an attempt at breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people doing a headstand simultaneously in one place. Mike Paterniti (who loves to do headstands in unusual places) is coordinating this event and he’s trying to get over 400 people involved. The actual event starts at noon, but participants should arrive by 11am. Cost to participate is a minimum donation of $10, although people are encouraged to get additional pledges which will be donated to the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley and the Ellicottville Great Valley Recreational Trail Fund. There will be prizes for teams with the most number of participants and the biggest fundraisers. Participants have to stand on their head (at the same time) for 30 seconds, so everyone is encouraged to practice ahead of time. More info is available atthe website listed above.  The site even has a tutorial on how to do a headstand and how to practice for the big day!
 
Oct. 11-12
FALL FESTIVAL
Downtown & Holiday Valley
800-349-9099
Ellicottville’s oldest and largest festival takes place when the foliage of the surrounding hills are ablaze with color!  Tens of thousands of festival-goers make for a lively weekend of unique foods, arts & crafts, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more.  Holiday Valley will host musical performances at the top of Mardi Gras (don’t worry, the lift will be running), and of course, the annual Ski and Snowboard Swap will return to HV grounds.
 
Saturday, Oct. 11
FALL FESTIVAL 5K RUN
Holiday Valley / Main Lodge
Another amazing day of participation awaits in the beautiful, challenging and memorable setting of Ellicottville, NY.  Runners and walkers will start and finish the 5K course on Holiday Valley Road up near the Main Chalet.  The course will travel down to Route 219, south around the school and back for the climbing finish on HV Road.  Start time is 10am. Register early!
 
Sunday, Oct. 12
FALL FESTIVAL MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
Holiday Valley / Training Center
716-699-2345
Beginner, sport and expert mountain bike racers will toe the line for this annual race held every Fall Fest weekend in Ellicottville. The course is amazing, fast, defeating and addictive! Start time is 10am.
 
Saturday, Nov. 1
EVL HALLOWEEN HALF
Downtown
Grab your friends, pick out your costumes and get ready to run! The EVL Halloween Half is going to be one of the most fun half marathons ever!The event will feature a Half Marathon, a 5K and a Kid’s Race.  The full 13.1-mile course will begin and end on Monroe Street in downtown Ellicottville, traveling on the beautiful rolling country roads that surround town.  Runners of all skill levels are encouraged to join the fun! Costumes are also encouraged but not mandatory.  Post-race party will be held at the Ellicottville Brewing Company, where awards will be given in various age groups and costume categories.  Other Halloween-related activities are being planned … what are you waiting for?  Race day start at 11am, pre-registration recommended.
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